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Industry's First JVM to Support 64-bit Systems
Solaris 10 Also Universally Supports Sun's Tools, Java Platforms
November 29, 2004,
Volume 82, Issue 1

...all of Sun's developer tools currently run on the beta version of the Solaris 10 OS.

Not only does the SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) support Sun's complete line of development tools and JavaTM technology development platforms, it's JavaTM Development Kit (JDK) comes with the industry's first JavaTM Virtual Machine (JVMTM)* that supports 64-bit systems.

A result of a collaborative project between Sun and AMD, this JVM is powered by AMD Opteron processors with AMD64 technology and will be offered free with the Solaris 10 OS's JDK. The beta version of the 64-bit JVM technology will be included in the new JDK for the Solaris 10 OS that set for release within the next 30 days.

With regards to Sun's development tools and Java technology platforms, all of Sun's developer tools currently run on the beta version of the Solaris 10 OS. Plus, Sun will include free trial versions of its entire tools product line with the Solaris 10 OS. Some specific solutions that the Solaris 10 OS supports include the following:

  • New SunTM Studio 10 development environment: Offers development of C, C++, FORTRAN and Java applications for the Solaris 10 OS. This product will be priced at USD$2,995 for a new license or USD$1,000 for an upgrade from a previous version. Discounted pricing is available for multi-Right-To-Use (RTU) licenses and University ScholarPacks. Current support for the Solaris 10 OS beta version is available from SolarisTM Express.

  • Sun JavaTM Studio Creator: Currently runs on the beta version of the Solaris 10 OS, and recently added support for the MacOS platform and multi-language support for Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Available as part of the SunSM Developer Network (SDN) subscription program for USD$99, its current support for the Solaris 10 OS beta version also is available from Solaris Express.
  • Sun JavaTM Studio Enterprise 7: Consists of tools, software development kits (SDKs), application programming interfaces (APIs), plus libraries and developer services. A development copy of the Sun JavaTM Enterprise System is also included in this solution. It has a list price of USD$1,895 or USD$5 per employee per month for Sun Java Enterprise System customers. It will be available within the next 30 days.

  • JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SETM) 5.0: Also known as Tiger, this is the latest major revision to the Java platform and language. "The release of J2SE 5.0 supporting 64-bit systems based on the AMD Opteron processor means customers now have even more options when running large, sophisticated Java applications," said Ben Williams, vice president of AMD's Enterprise and Server/Workstation Business. "The combination of AMD64 technology with Solaris 10 and J2SE 5.0 enables more efficient performance along with price benefits."

"The combination of Solaris 10's runtime optimization and application tuning, on industry competitive 64-bit silicon, with associated tools and the latest Java technology framework provides a tighter feedback loop benefit between design-time and runtime," said Dana Gardner, senior analyst, application infrastructure and software platforms, Yankee Group. "The result is better upfront application design to and for specific deployment scenarios, which should improve performance, reduce total costs and cuts in application project development times."

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* Note: JVM is a Sun trademark and not just an abbreviation for Java Virtual Machine.

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